I've wanted a two-story house for as long as I can remember. For whatever reason, I really just think of a two-story house as a "family" home.
Our family is a two-story and we've lived here for two and a half year. In that time, I've come to really appreciate what we had in our previous ranch homes. It's nearly impossible to keep two levels tidy at once. (I won't even mention my unfinished dumping ground known as the basement.)
Fortunately, I recently stumbled upon a way to at least keep my kiddos' possessions more tidy in the downstairs. Go here and read more. Then please comment and let me know what you do to tame the chaos in your home!